We are planning our first cruise! We are a family of 5 and are wondering if you can suggest some ships that have affordable one room configurations for 5 people.

Question by Michelle Ontario

It may sound as a surprise, but in terms of pure value, your best bet is to not put everyone in one room.  Opting for two rooms is often a much cheaper option compared to one room, primarily because rooms that can accommodate 5 people tend to be larger rooms in the suite category.  As a result, it can be pricey.

Not only are two rooms likely cheaper, you get separation between the rooms and an additional bathroom.